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08/17/09
Resume Reflections. Washington
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 5:40 am

Yesterday it was a pleasure meeting with 14 members
in resume review at the Washington meeting.  Some
observations:

 - several experienced workers reported working with
outplacement firms set up by their previous employer.
They have not received any call backs and wondered
why.
 - experienced workers have sent out the same resume
from the outplacement firms to many sites, agencies,
companies.

Each person needs to customize their resume, list
documents, and cover letter for each position. 
Most outplacement firms do a nice job offering a
SUMMARY as the item below the setting.  Many in
the technical and chemical community prefer,
however,
to see, below the heading, either

OBJECTIVE targeted to the specific position

HIGHLIGHTS pointing out specific skill sets that
match the job description, or

QUALIFICATIONS statement (for job fair
submission, for example).

 -  several members kept EDUCATION ahead of
EXPERIENCE despite many years of postgraduate
work.

Consider after five years of post education experience
inverting the position of EXPERIENCE and
EDUCATION.

 - several members created a long resume for
submission to all openings.

Consider using the “long” resume as a “master
resume” using it as a starting point for selecting items
for “targeted resumes” for each application. 

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